Kanye West arrives at the 9th Annual BET Awards on Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
"Not true," a highly reputable source told Access Hollywood, explaining that Kanye had simply not necessarily come forward to join the broadcast. "[The] telethon organizers took the first people to come to us… on the phone bank and in the singers and presenters."
Kanye's last telethon appearance, when he appeared on NBC to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina relief in 2005, found the rapper standing next to a dumb-founded Mike Myers while making the infamous remark, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." The hip-hop star has stayed out of the public eye since his latest televised disruption — interrupting Taylor Swift's Best Female Video acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards last fall.
Stars who will be participating at Friday's telethon include freshly announced performers Madonna and Beyonce and stars including President Bill Clinton, Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Will Smith with Muhammad Ali, Robert Pattinson, Tom Hanks and more.
Previously announced performers in the all-star lineup include Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Sheryl Crow, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Coldplay, Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna.
The telethon airs on a number of networks and online and mobile platforms at 8 PM EST. Performances from the show will be available on iTunes, with proceeds going to charity.
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